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Plant a Memorial Tree

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
-- Nelson Henderson

Friends of Trees Chatham

Imagine a place barren of trees. A desert. A wasteland. To imagine Chatham without trees you need only go back to photos of 100 years ago, a mere lifetime. Many of the trees in Chatham’s parks, streetscapes, and neighborhoods today were planted decades ago by caring citizens who understood their value and who cared to leave something for the future generations to enjoy. A tree is a living legacy.

There is a story told by John F. Kennedy, about the great French Marshall Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!"

Since our inception in 1978, Friends of Trees has planted trees in memory of our citizens’ loved ones. We have planted hundreds of memorial trees in Chatham’s parks and public places. If you are interested in working with us to plant a tree in someone’s memory, we’d love to talk with you. We’ll talk with you and the Town about an appropriate location, we’ll help select the right species of tree, and we’ll plant it and install an embossed bronze plaque recognizing your loved one. Your donation of $500 we’ll also help us to maintain the tree for years to come. Click here to send us an email with your phone number and we’ll contact you.

"It is no exaggerated praise to call a Tree the grandest, and most beautiful of all productions on earth!"
-- William Gilpin